What is an occupational disease?
An occupational disease is an illness that is likely and primarily caused by the grant/scholarship work is covered by your MYEL insurance. The illness must be caused by a physical, chemical or biological factor. Examples of such factors include, e.g., vibration, noise, organic dust, mould spores, bacteria or viruses. The most common occupational diseases include asthma, rhinitis and skin rashes.
Tendosynovitis and lateral epicondylitis (commonly known as tennis elbow) are compensated as occupational diseases if they have been caused by a repetitive, unilateral or awkward movement of the hand/arm as part of the work process.
Compensation is provided for carpal tunnel syndrome, if, prior to the onset of symptoms, the work involved prolonged movements which required the wrist to be in an abnormal position or which placed heavy strain on the wrist. Compensation is not provided, however, for musculoskeletal illnesses, such as degenerative arthritis, intervertebral disc diseases or other strain-induced injuries.